Dog seems to be a little language for writing social software.

Initial thoughts :

Big question is what it compiles to. It’s about time we had a programming language that compiles a single program down to parts that run on both server and clients, in a really easy and transparent way.

Building in knowledge of protocols like http and json and making services like twitter at least members of the standard library is a good idea.

Like most programmers, I’m sceptical of the  “easy English-like” nature of it. We’ve had plenty of time to learn that what’s hard in programming is the logical thinking not the strange syntax. (Update : See my Quora answer)

But if Dog can become a little-language which makes it easy to configure and administrate social software back-ends then it will be very useful. Particularly if there are ways of compiling the same program down to multiple back-ends (Django, Rails, Chicago Boss etc.)

Dan Bricklin :

Socialtext is announcing today that they are adding integrated spreadsheet capability to their enterprise-level wiki, making use of the new SocialCalc code I’ve been developing with them. This isn’t just a repository of separate spreadsheets, nor a separate standalone system like wikiCalc, but rather a full wiki where a page can be either the traditional paragraphs of text or a spreadsheet grid.

Cool … now, if they could just *also* add network diagramming as another page-type that would really be getting somewhere. (Not, of course, that the grid pages in SdiDesk really achieved “spreadsheet” status … but that was always a long term hope.)

Ah … well …

Actually, there may be some SdiDesk news soon … you never know.

Update : Bricklin has longer background piece.